Chinese New Year is around the corner, just barely a month away and I’m sure many of you would have notice the “changes” occurring around, as the Christmas decor in the shopping malls in town undergone an almost overnight revamp or overhaul of some sort with the pine trees turning into cherry blossoms and mistletoes become red lanterns. It is also a time when homebakers and gourmands get really busy in the kitchen preparing all the Chinese New Year goodies and dishes for all the snacking and feasting to come during the festive season. One of the quintessential Chinese New Year snack which seems to be an absolute must for anyone and everyone is bak kwa, the Asian version of a meat jerky which is customarily made with pork but now we see versions of it made from chicken and beef as well. Very recently, I was very lucky to be given one set of the latest Samsung Smart Oven to play around with and the first thing that came to my mind was to make bak kwa with it!
Many of us grew up in kitchens made convenient, and colourful through an assortment of Tupperware storage products. Favorite snacks and cookies were secretly stowed away in these containers which come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, not to mention psychedelic colours, only to be meticulously rationed to us gluttons in moderation. Thanks to Tupperware’s wondrous airtight properties, the goodies remained crunchy and crisp in storage, allowing them to be enjoyed and savoured over long periods of time. Our impressions of Tupperware were affixed at being “storage specialists”, a household name which any decent homemaker would quite readily resonate with. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Tupperware have branched out of their “comfort zone” and expanded their inventory to include other household items aimed at making the lives of modern folk like us a breeze in the kitchen, just like they had done so over the decades with their storage containers. Very recently, I had the pleasure of attending a cooking presentation by local celebrity chef Eric Teo, who demonstrated the use of one of the latest products in the catalogue, the Fusion Master mincer. It is definitely a household item worth looking forward to.